Reflections of Faith
Read and be inspired by a reflection based on today's Gospel made by members of the Verbum Dei Family in Manila.
July 31, 2020 Friday
Gospel: Matthew 13:54–58
A Welcoming Home
In today’s Gospel, Jesus was not welcomed in His hometown and was unable to perform miracles due to its people’s lack of faith.
Someone who wishes to see the miracles of Jesus must open his heart and in turn, the Lord will make home in it and perform His marvelous works. Today’s Gospel invites us to be the home that welcome’s Jesus in our lives as we yearn to experience more of His loving miracles.
Let us ask Mother Mary to teach us how to open our hearts to Jesus.
July 30, 2020 Thursday
Gospel: Matthew 13:47–53
How righteous are we?
In today’s Gospel, Jesus told again a parable pertaining to separating the wicked and the righteous at the end of age – the Parable of the Net.
It’s always a mystery to think that Jesus was persecuted by people who consider themselves as good and righteous as they fulfill their religious obligations and on the other hand, was accepted by people who do the opposite. Such realization opens one’s heart in evaluating how one could be so foolish into thinking that he belongs to the good and would be saved when harvesting comes.
May we be conscious also in our deeds as we aim to be righteous in the eyes of God.
July 29, 2020 Wednesday
Gospel: John 11:19–27
Believe and Live
Today as we celebrate the feast day of Saint Martha, we are invited to have that same conviction of hers in believing in Jesus. And to believe in Jesus means to lay one’s life to Him.
Saint Martha may have displayed lack of faith at times, but she fully believes in the power of Jesus.
May we have that faithful heart that hears the assuring words of Jesus and fully believes in Him.
July 28, 2020 Tuesday
Gospel: Matthew 13:36–43
The Righteous and the Wicked
The world is not for the righteous for they truly belong to the Kingdom of Heaven. God did not intend for us, His beloved people, to live with the evil but He longs for us to endure its wickedness as we live through our lives.
It may be disheartening for us to keep our sanity and goodness as we live in a society where wickedness prevails but God continues to assure us of His love and mercy through His perfect timing.
Let us allow God to strengthen us in times when we are challenged to live out the righteousness of our faith.
July 27, 2020 Monday
Gospel: Matthew 13:31–35
The Simple Things
In today’s Gospel, Jesus told the parables of the Mustard Seed and the Yeast in proclaiming the Kingdom of Heaven to the crowd.
God’s love is revealed to us through marvelous ways that He intends for us to achieve His kingdom through simple things. Today, Jesus is inviting us to make the most out of the simple things that we do by aiming to be pleasant in the loving gaze of God.
Let us ask Mother Mary to teach us how to live a life pleasing in the eyes of God.
July 26, 2020 - Sunday
“The kingdom of heaven”
Jesus describes the Kingdom of Heaven as the most important thing for each and everyone of us. It is greater than any riches and worldly things. Our situation nowadays may bring confusion, emptiness, stress and many other factors that make us feel lost.
The gospel is reminding us not to be lost but to be directed to our greatest reward. How is your journey to the kingdom? Jesus has already shown to us the way to the kingdom. All we have to do is to follow Him. We are invited to follow the footsteps of Jesus.
Mama Mary, help us in our journey in following Jesus so that we may be able to achieve the Kingdom of God
July 25, 2020 - Saturday
“The Son of man did not come to be served but to serve and give His life”
The gospel is telling to us that Jesus our God has come to us to serve; and followers of Jesus are also meant to serve. Jesus gives us the gift of service so that we may see the joy it brings to us. Imagine the joy brought us by serving our loved ones -- the joy when we reach out to others.
As followers of Jesus, let us pray with the acts of service Jesus did to all of us. Can you imagine how much joy Jesus has when He serves us with love? In our following of Jesus, we are invited to strive to be in service so that we may experience the joy it will bring to us.
Holy Spirit, grant us the strength so that we may be able to serve others with love and be fulfilled with joy that service will bring to us.
July 24, 2020 - Friday
“The seed sown on rich soil”
The word of God are like seeds and we are like the soil. These seeds are being sown to our life when we hear the words of God. Our goal is to be the rich soil so that the seeds sown in to our lives will bear fruit. Aside from the rich soil, there are other factors that affect the seed to grow fruitfully in us.
Like the sunlight, it could be a spiritual direction that enlighten us in understanding and living the word. The regular watering, it could be our habitual praying with the word. Let us examine ourselves if we are a rich soil. We can examine also if we are receiving enough sunlight and with our habits so that we may achieve the fruitfulness God wants us to be.
Holy Spirit, guide us in our journey as we persevere with the word of God so thay it may bear fruit.
July 23, 2020 - Thursday
“God has revealed the mysteries of the kingdom”
Jesus has revealed to us the mysteries of the kingdom but probably we are not yet aware fully of everything. This act of Jesus shows us that the salvation is for all. As we continue to pray with the word of God, we are able to know more of the mysteries of the kingdom. We are invited to persevere more and pray more with the word of God because God will reveal more to you.
Mama Mary, teach us to persevere with the word of God so that we may understand the mysteries of the kingdom of God so that we may be able to share it to all.
July 22, 2020 - Wednesday
“I have seen the Lord”
In today’s feast of Mary Magdalene, the impression that we can get from her is that she is the first witness of the resurrection of Jesus. It is good for us to pray and reflect on the life of Mary Magdalene to help us sharers of The Word preach the living God. We are invited to spread the news that Jesus is alive specially to those who thinks the opposite.
Mary Magdalene, intercede and guide us as we preach The Good News that we may be able to testify Jesus, our living God.